Austin ISD to freeze student transfers at 23 schools

Bowie High School and Gorzycki Middle School in Southwest Austin are among the 23 Austin ISD schools that will be frozen to student transfers during the 2016-17 school year.

The school district freezes transfers at school each year to maintain stability in tracking patterns or because of enrollment capacity issues, according to AISD.

From Jan. 4 through 29, AISD will accept in-district student transfer requests, both priority and general, AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz said at a Dec. 14 meeting of the AISD board of trustees.

Priority transfer requests include sibling transfers, which allow siblings to attend the same school, and majority-to-minority transfers, which allow students to transfer to a school where the student's ethnic group is less than 50 percent of the student population, according to AISD.

Starting with the 2016-17 school year, majority-to-minority transfers will be accepted only at schools that have space, which excludes frozen schools.

Starting with the 2017-18 school year, all priority transfers will be accepted only at schools that have space. This is a change to the previous policy, which allowed priority transfers at overcrowded schools such as Bowie.

Out-of-district transfer requests may be submitted starting Feb. 1.

Requests are to be submitted in person or by mail to the AISD Office of Student Services. Families can visit www.austinisd.org/transfer or call 512-414-1726 for more information.